Inland Empire Christmas Events 2023
This is our favorite time of year here at the Lisa DiNoto Group. It’s that special time of year when you get to celebrate the season and enjoy in some holiday cheer! We compiled a list of some events in the Inland Empire and surrounding cities to check out with you and your family!
Christmas Lights In Rancho Cucamonga- Thoroughbred Holiday Lights
The grandest Christmas light display of them all is found right here in the heart of Rancho Cucamonga. The Thoroughbred Christmas Lights are a long-standing Christmas tradition that has been enjoyed by locals and beyond for over 20 years. The Christmas lights installation in Rancho Cucamonga brings in countless families every single year, and this year should be no exception!
The city of Rancho Cucamonga has cracked down on the holiday lights on Thoroughbred. The City has implemented a Drive-Thru Only = December 4th-December 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. General public/pedestrians will not be allowed to walk the holiday display during these designated dates. It’s best to plan ahead and bring the family as soon as possible. The closer to Christmas it becomes, the more crowds you can expect.
Break out of the winter chill with a Snowy Hula Day! Come wish Santa Bon Voyage as he heads to his Hawaiian vacation before the Christmas craze. Join us for sledding and snow play, crafts and photos with Santa on Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Heritage Park (5546 Beryl St)
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland until the 24th! Reserve your spot on their website, get a free picture with Santa and enjoy some holiday fun!
Christmas Nights at 123 Farm
Located in Cherry Valley! “Join us on a whimsical ride around Christmas Nights at 123 Farm featuring festive food and drinks, horse-drawn carriage tours*, s’mores pits* and Santa* with a display of over one million lights.” This farm looks so cute and festive and a million lights? Sign us up!
“THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Southern California Railway Museum in Perris this holiday season! A magical re-creation of the classic children’s story led by a cast of talented actors on board a real train. Have your golden tickets ready for the Conductor! Passengers are served hot chocolate and Walkers Shortbread by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg, and receive the First Gift of Christmas after Santa boards the train to greet families. Performers engage passengers in caroling and fun holiday activities on the heartwarming trip back to the station.
Santa’s Village at Skypark
Experience the magic of Christmas now through January 7th! Northwoods Express Train Ride, village of lights, Santa’s workshop, post office, entertainment, fantasy forest, Silver Bell’s Arena, Santa’s House, North Pole and special holiday experiences! Click here for more information and tickets.
Disney On Ice at Toyota Arena
“Step inside the magical adventures of Disneys Frozen and Encanto as they are brought to life like never before at Disney On Ice! Dazzling ice skating transports you to Arendelle to be a part of Annas adventure to find Elsa, whose icy powers unleashed an eternal winter. Then, enter the fantastical Madrigal familys Casita amidst the beautiful mountains of Colombia. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, invite your family and friends to sing along to your favorite songs and celebrate the power of love and courage.” Click here to check out available dates and times!
Peltzer Farm Ice Rink
As an extension of Peltzer Winery and Peltzer Pumpkin Farm, we invite families from all over Southern California to create family traditions with us during the holidays! Our rink features 8400 square feet of skating space, complimentary gliders, picnic benches, hot cocoa, snacks, local food truck eats, and a bar serving Peltzer Wine (21+ only).
Festival of Lights
For 31 years the Festival of Lights has brought us tremendous joy in presenting it to this wonderful Inland Southern California community. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Annual Festival of Lights accents the holidays in a very special way. Festival of Lights in Riverside will commence will be celebrated now until January 7, 2024.
Riley’s Farm has always been a favorite! Enjoy a little Christmas Spirit in Oak Glen at Riley’s Farm: Games, Crafts, Cheer! RileysFarm.com
HIKARI – A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Located at Tanaka Farms . A celebration filled with joy and light! Loosely translated, Hikari means “shine” in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a million twinkling lights! Grab a hot cocoa and take a cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns!” After the wagon ride, make your way down to the Festival Grounds where you can visit with the Barnyard Animals, grab some food from the Tanaka Grill, take advantage of lots of photo-ops, games, Arts & Crafts, meet Santa for a photo, and, of course, more holiday lights!
“Our 31st Season Select Nights, November 22 – December 30, 6:00-9:00pm Advanced reservations required. This year, experience several new and reimagined light exhibits, such as the new 30-foot-tall holiday tree and lighted animal-themed displays. But don’t worry, many of your festive favorites are returning, such as the Tunnel of Lights, smores station, holiday carousel, photos with Santa, and much more! In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays.” LivingDesert.com
115th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights
Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 115th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This year’s parade will be held Wednesday through Sunday, December 13-17, 2023. Click link below for more info and to download a printable map! Christmasboatparade.com
Share joy and good cheer with lights, music and Santa. Whether with friends, family or a date, enjoy a memorable evening of art and nature in the garden! Buy tickets online in advance.
COME EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza – we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!
Enchanted Forest of Lights at Descanso Gardens
“Enchanted Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.”
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17-December 17, from 10am to 7pm. The 33rd Annual Winter Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind holiday art festival that offers a festive and unique shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland with 168 local artists and makers, three stages of live music, complimentary art and pottery classes, marionette puppet shows, free photos with Santa Claus, and so much more!
December 9th 10:30 am – 5 pm for the annual Christmas on Euclid Craft Fair and Festival in Upland. Families are invited to enjoy the holiday market, craft fair, ice skating, live performances and so much more.
Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Coachella Valley’s new holiday tradition. One carload, one price. Now through December 31st Sun-Thur 5:30pm-9pm | Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
Winter Fest OC transforms the OC Fair & Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. From our North Pole Journey immersive experience to our enchanting Ice Trail, a new Snow Play area, a thrilling 150-foot ice tubing slide, carnival fun, festive food, a holiday market, and more – it’s all here! Open select dates now through January 7th!
Just hoping to catch a sight of St. Nick?
Check out our blog to see where Santa will be! Click Here
There’s a lot going on in the Inland Empire! Don’t forget to check out the local Christmas tree farms! From all of us at the Lisa Dinoto Group, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!